Mother's day may be one of the most deserving holidays of the year. No one can argue just how tough it is being a mother. The nurturing, day to day care, the ultimate responsibility that comes with being someone's mother. The last eleven years, Mother's Day has been bittersweet for me.

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My mother was diagnosed with dementia eleven years ago. Watching the disease progress year after year is heartbreaking. I do my best to see my mom as often as I can but it gets harder and harder. I sit across from the woman that raised me and know that she has no idea who I am, even after I tell her. To see someone that was once so strong reduced to pretty much being lost in their own mind is so hard. People sometimes ask why I even go see her even though she doesn't know who I am. I guess my answer would be that I know who she is. Anyway, my point is, if you have a mother with all or most of her mind intact, consider yourself very lucky. -Baxter